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The Haçienda Classics

The Haçienda (FAC 51) opened on 21 May 1982.

Various Artists
“The Haçienda Classics” (Mixed by Peter Hook & Phil Beckett)
2006 Virgin Records Ltd (UK)

CD 01: Intro by Rob Gretton
1.01 K-Klass – Rhythm Is A Mystery
1.02 Mr. Lee – Pump Up London
1.03 Turntable Orchestra – You’re Gonna Miss Me
1.04 Charles B – Lack Of Love
1.05 Soft House Company – What U Need
1.06 The Beat Club – Security
1.06 Farley ‘Jackmaster’ Funk – Love Can’t Turn Around
1.08 Happy Mondays – Hallelujah
1.09 Sugar Bear – Don’t Scandalize Mine
1.10 808 State – Pacific State
1.11 Urban Soul – Alright
1.12 A Guy Called Gerald – Voodoo Ray
1.13 New Order + Rockers Revenge – Confusion + Walking
1.14 Humanoid – Stakker Humanoid
1.15 Kenny Jason & Eddie Smith – Can U Dance
1.16 Black Box – Ride On Time

CD 02: Intro by Tony Wilson
2.01 Alison Limerick – Where Love Lives
2.02 Inner City – Good Life
2.03 Richie Rich – Salsa House
2.04 DJ Mink – Hey! Hey! Can U Relate
2.05 Mr. Fingers – Can You Feel It
2.06 Orange Lemon – Dreams Of Santa Anna
2.07 T-Coy – Cariño
2.08 Primal Scream – Come Together
2.09 Orbital – Belfast
2.10 Young MC – Know How
2.11 Kariya – Let Me Love You For Tonight
2.12 Degrees Of Motion – Do You Want If Right Now
2.13 Jaydee – Plastic Dreams
2.14 Rob Base & DJ E-Z Rock – It Takes Two
2.15 Shannon – Let The Music Play

CD 03: Intro by Mike Pickering & Martin Hannett
3.01 Sub Sub – Space Face
3.02 The Todd Terry Project – Weekend
3.03 TC 1991 – 1991 (‘Berry’)
3.04 Bassheads – Is There Anybody Out There?
3.05 Eric B. & Rakim – Juice (Know The Ledge)
3.06 Hashim – Al-Naafiysh (The Soul)
3.07 FPI Project – Everybody (All Over The World)
3.08 Loleatta Holloway – Love Sensation
3.09 Joe Smooth – Promised Land
3.10 New Order – Ruined In A Day
3.11 The Future Sound Of London – Papua New Guinea
3.12 Sueño Latino – Sueño Latino
3.13 King Bee – Back By Dope Demand
3.14 Rhythim Is Rhythim – Strings Of Life
3.15 Sterling Void – It’s Alright
3.16 The Source – You Got The Love

Rest In Peace, St. Anthony

In memory of Tony Wilson, who would have turned 66 today.

St. Anthony: An Ode to Anthony H. Wilson
by Mike Garry & Joe Duddell

24 Hour Party People

Dedicated to a brilliant club DJ and radio presenter, Manchester native, and all-around great bloke: Mr. David Dunne.

0927449302 (UK)   R278136 (US)

Various Artists
“24 Hour Party People”
2002 London Records (UK) / FFRR Records (US)
0927 44930 2 / R2-78136

01 Sex Pistols – Anarchy In The UK
02 Happy Mondays – 24 Hour Party People (Jon Carter Main Vocal)
03 Joy Division – Transmission
04 Buzzcocks – Ever Fallen In Love
05 The Clash – Janie Jones
06 New Order – New Dawn Fades (Live)
07 Joy Division – Atmosphere
08 The Durutti Column – Otis
09 A Guy Called Gerald – Voodoo Ray (Edit)
10 New Order – Temptation (1987 Edit)
11 Happy Mondays – Loose Fit (Edit)
12 808 State – Pacific 707
13 New Order – Blue Monday
14 Marshall Jefferson – Move Your Body (Edit)
15 Joy Division – She’s Lost Control (12″ Version)
16 Happy Mondays – Hallelujah (Club Mix Edit)
17 New Order – Here To Stay
18 Joy Division – Love Will Tear Us Apart

FACT > Released in 2002, “24 Hour Party People” is director Michael Winterbottom’s celluloid dramatization depicting the rise and fall of Manchester’s Factory Records. Frank Cottrell Boyce’s screenplay takes more than its fair share of artistic license, blending fact and fiction into an entertaining and humorous account of Tony Wilson’s legendary indie label. Sadly, this excellent film is currently out-of-print on DVD, and long overdue for reissue on Blu-ray.

The accompanying CD is less of a proper soundtrack and more a memento of the era depicted in the film, covering the rise of punk in 1976 to the closing of The Haçienda in 1997. The collection includes several unique and exclusive edited versions. Every track is a classic, with only one out-of-place anomaly: a live recording of “New Dawn Fades” performed by New Order with Moby, Billy Corgan, and John Frusciante.

24HPP by Central Station

PW: Dachshund

Blue Monday-95


01 Blue Monday (Original Mix)
02 Blue Monday (Hardfloor Remix)
03 Blue Monday (Jam & Spoon Manuela Mix)
04 True Faith (Shep Pettibone Mix)
05 1963 (Lionrock Full Throttle Mix)
06 Let’s Go

FACT > On the UK & EU packaging of its 1995 reissue, “Blue Monday” appears as “Blauer Montag”—a clever reference to the track having been remixed exclusively by German producers. This Canadian CD EP includes tracks from “1963”, released as a single the prior year. Note that “Let’s Go” on this release differs slightly from the US version, “Let’s Go (Nothing For Me).”



01 Temptation
02 Hurt
03 Everything’s Gone Green
04 Procession
05 Mesh

FACT > Initially created for Factory’s US subsidiary, this EP compiles three of New Order’s earliest singles—transitional productions that effectively formed a bridge between the group’s first album, “Movement”, and their second, “Power, Corruption & Lies.” This CD issue from 1989 was exclusive to Canada, and alters the track order from the original US edition. Also, FEP 313 printed on the insert is the catalog number for the Canadian 12″; this cover text is more commonly seen as FACTUS 8, the proper Factory US catalog code.

In the comments of the previous post, Asteroid327 suggested soliciting Top 10 lists of favorite New Order songs. Fair enough—I’ll start the ball rolling:

Shelf’s Top 10 New Order Songs

01 Temptation (1982)
02 Bizarre Love Triangle (1986)
03 Your Silent Face (1983)
04 Blue Monday (1983)
05 Age Of Consent (1983)
06 Face Up (1985)
07 Thieves Like Us (1984)
08 Round & Round (1989)
09 Love Less (1989)
10 1963 (1987)

Feel free to share your favorite New Order tracks in comments.

Love Will Tear Us Apart (1995)

In memory of Ian Curtis (15 July 1956 – 18 May 1980).


01 Love Will Tear Us Apart (Radio Version) 03:40
02 Love Will Tear Us Apart (Original Version) 03:28
03 Love Will Tear Us Apart (Arthur Baker Remix) 04:22
04 Atmosphere 04:12
05 These Days 03:27
06 Transmission (Live at The Factory, 13 July 1979) 03:44

FACT > In 1995, Joy Division classic “Love Will Tear Us Apart” was remixed and reissued to promote the compilation “Permanence.” As was typical back then, the Canadian CD single offers the most complete content: Don Gehman’s new radio version; the original A-side mix produced at Strawberry Studios; a remix by Arthur Baker; the equally classic “Atmosphere”; B-side “These Days”; and a live recording of “Transmission.” Baker’s unusual dub style rework is digitally exclusive to the release.



CD 01: Tears In Their Eyes (1979 – 1982)

01 Joy Division – Transmission
02 Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark – Electricity
03 A Certain Ratio – All Night Party
04 The Durutti Column – Sketch For Summer
05 X-O-Dus – English Black Boys
06 ESG – You’re No Good
07 Joy Division – Love Will Tear Us Apart
08 James – Folklore
09 A Certain Ratio – Flight
10 Section 25 – New Horizon
11 New Order – Ceremony
12 Stockholm Monsters – Happy Ever After
13 Quando Quando – Tingle


CD 02: Life’s A Beach (1981 – 1986)

01 A Certain Ratio – Shack Up
02 New Order – The Beach
03 Section 25 – Looking From A Hilltop
04 A Certain Ratio – Skip Scada
05 Kalima – Sparkle
06 Marcel King – Reach For Love
07 Cabaret Voltaire – Yashar (Remix)
08 52nd Street – Cool As Ice
09 New Order – Confusion (1987 Version)
10 Fadela – N’Sel Fik
11 Quando Quando – Genius
12 Happy Mondays – 24 Hour Party People


CD 03: The Beat Groups (1979 – 1989)

01 Joy Division – Wilderness
02 Tunnelvision – Watching The Hydroplanes
03 The Distractions – Time Goes By So Slow
04 The Wake – Talk About The Past
05 Stockholm Monsters – Partyline
06 Happy Mondays – Kuff Dam
07 New Order – Age Of Consent
08 The Railway Children – Brighter
09 The Durutti Column – Otis
10 Miaow – When It All Comes Down
11 Revenge – Seven Reasons
12 James – Hymn From A Village


CD 04: Selling Out (1987 – 1990)

01 New Order – True Faith
02 Happy Mondays – W.F.L. (Think About The Future)
03 The Durutti Column – The Together Mix
04 Northside – Shall We Take A Trip (12″ Version)
05 New Order – World In Motion
06 Steve Martland – The World Is In Heaven (Classical Version)
07 Electronic – Getting Away With It
08 The Wendys – Pulling My Fingers Off
09 Cath Carroll – Moves Like You (7″ Version)
10 Northside – My Rising Star (12″ Version)
11 Happy Mondays – Step On (Remix ’91)
12 Joy Division – Atmosphere

FACT > Upon its release in 1991, the “Palatine” box set attempted to represent the brilliant and diverse musical spectrum of Factory Records. However, with only 49 songs spread thinly across four CDs, the content of “Palatine” is somewhat lacking, and also oddly organized. While numerous tracks were made available for the first time on compact disc, some key anthems are missing, and only two tracks from the Factory Benelux imprint are included. On the positive side, the mastering here may be the best you’ll find for some selections, as Factory management was notorious for neglecting master tapes. Shortcomings aside, “Palatine” still proffers plenty of memorable moments in British indie music history.

Pop Culture Pulsar

FACD10For those who may not know, the iconic image that graces Joy Division’s 1979 debut album, “Unknown Pleasures”, is a visual representation of radio signals from the first discovered pulsar, which is a magnetized, rotating neutron star. The image’s origins are discussed in-depth on the blog of Scientific American by the periodical’s art director of information graphics, Jen Christiansen.

In the video below, Data Visualization Reinterpreted: The Story of Joy Division’s “Unknown Pleasures” Album, designer Peter Saville explains how the pulsar image came to be used as the cover, and its subsequent impact on popular culture.

Bizarre Love Triangle


01 Bizarre Love Triangle (Album Version)
02 Bizarre Love Triangle (Extended Dance Mix)
03 I Don’t Care
04 State Of The Nation
05 Bizarre Love Triangle (Single Remix)

FACT > While 50 Pound Note’s brilliant blog Recycle was still active, I didn’t dare post any Factory-era New Order material here—it would have been pointless to compete with that project’s unparalleled quality. However, with Recycle no longer ongoing, New Order is fair game once again. The band’s 1986 single, “Bizarre Love Triangle” is a dance classic, thanks in no small part to Shep Pettibone’s excellent extension. The tune’s stateside popularity proved indefatigable, so much so that Warner Brothers issued a CD single in 1994—eight years after the single’s original release.

Trivia > When asked by US label reps what the dub version should be named, New Order’s manager Rob Gretton allegedly responded, “I don’t care,” and that’s exactly what was printed (of course, it’s really “Bizarre Dub Triangle”).

LIVE > Peter Hook & The Light are currently on tour, performing New Order’s “Low Life” and “Brotherhood” albums, along with related material from that period. Last time Hooky was in town, I arrived late and missed the band’s opening set of Joy Division tunes; punctuality shall be exercised this evening.

Gun World Porn


01 Little Pig (Remix)
02 Cloud Nine
03 State Of Shock (Edit)
04 Deadbeat
05 Deadbeat (Gary Clail Remix)
06 State Of Shock (L’Pool Edit)
07 State Of Shock (Paralized Mix)

FACT > 1992’s “Gun World Porn” EP would be the last material issued by Peter Hook, David Potts, and Chris Jones as Revenge (although Hook revived the name for two new tracks issued in 2004). The US issue differs drastically from its UK counterpart, including a reshuffled running order, alternate versions of tracks, and remixes.

LIVE > Peter Hook and his band The Light stop in Philly tonight to perform New Order’s first two albums and associated singles from that period. The ‘real’ New Order show from this past July will be tough to top, but I’m confident that Hooky will do his former band’s early material justice.